One of the difficult tasks scientists in the field of machine learning is teaching machines how to perceive and understand the visual world. But Devi Parikh, assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, has an elegant, crowd-sourced solution. She wants to use cartoons to literally illustrate tasks that would normally be difficult to describe, and Google has given her $92,000 to help her do it. She'll be working alongside Google engineers and thousands of online citizen scientists by having them manipulate clipart images to mimic photographs, thus helping machines learn how to interpret objects and people in space. This is actually the second time she has won a Faculty Research Award. The first time was in 2012 for her research on relative attributes-based feedback for image searches.